Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to be a force for freedom and personal liberty for all residents in his state, even if they did not cast a ballot for him in 2018 and won’t vote for him next year.
In a press conference a week before the state legislature meets in special session to focus primarily on the COVID-19 pandemic, DeSantis made a pledge to workers in the Sunshine State that they’re not going to be harmed by President Biden’s vaccine mandate, going on to argue that no employee should lose their job “because of these jabs.”
A week before a scheduled COVID-19-focused special legislative session, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to protect his state’s workers from the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, arguing no one should be losing their jobs “because of these jabs.”
DeSantis made the comments Monday during a news conference with Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson and state House of Representatives Speaker Chris Sprowls in Zephyrhills.
“Nobody, no cop, no firefighter, no nurse, nobody should be losing their jobs because of these jabs,” DeSantis said.
“We have got to stand up for people and protect their jobs and protect their livelihoods,” he added, noting that Biden and his chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have gone back on previous pledges not to mandate the vaccines.
“We’ve seen the federal government, even though the Biden administration had always said this will never be mandated, and even they acknowledged the federal government doesn’t have the power to mandate it, Fauci said it would never be mandated, and now all of a sudden they say there’s grave danger,” DeSantis said.
He went on to note that despite the fact that the administration claims the vaccine mandate was issued under an emergency rule by OSHA, it took months to issue it after Biden first announced the mandate in early September.
“So it takes them two months to write a 500-page rule that they’re trying to shove down the throats of the American people,” he said.
“That’s wrong, OK. It’s wrong to treat people like that. It’s wrong to kick people out of work. It’s wrong to try to micromanage businesses like that,” DeSantis noted further. “And it’s wrong to potentially deprive key industries of people that we need: trucking, nurses, all this other stuff.”
He went on to speculate that the mandate is unconstitutional.
“And probably most importantly, what they’re doing is unconstitutional and we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution, and that’s what we’re doing,” the governor said.
“We’ve been working with both the speaker and the Senate president to be able to get proposed legislation that will do a number of things. One, say, ‘You can’t fire people based off this jab.’ And that’s true private sector, it’s also true with the public sector,” the increasingly popular GOP governor added.
DeSantis said that the upcoming special session will attempt to enact the strongest worker protections in the country.
“This will be probably the strongest protections for both private- and public-sector employees anywhere in the country,” he said.
“I’m proud to say we’re going to do something in this special session that matters. We’re going to do something in this special session that is going to put people’s minds at ease, that’s going to save their jobs,” he added.
“At the end of the day, we want people to be able to make informed decisions for themselves. But we’ve got to stop bossing people around. We’ve got to stop the coercion. We’ve got to stop trying to browbeat people,” he continued.
“From the very beginning, you know, we said ‘Let’s not put people down, let’s lift people up.’ And so that’s what we’re going to be doing. We’re going to be saving a lot of jobs in the state of Florida. We’re going to be striking a blow for freedom. We’re going to be standing up against the Biden mandates, and we’re going to be better as a result of it.”